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Thank You Cream For Introducing Me To The Blues

I found myself wondering where the blues took hold with me. I attribute my 47+ year fascination with the blues to the band Cream.

The year was 1968 a formative time in my life. I was listening intently to progressive rock format via WNEW-FM 102.7, New York City.

The radio personalities on that station were influencing my tastes and direction. They poured a healthy amount of Cream during their shifts.

The standout recording for me was “Sunshine of Your Love” from Disraeli Gears. I wore that vinyl LP down along with several stereo needles on the hi-fi system in my bedroom.

This song and album anchored my interest in Cream. I purchased their other two albums, Fresh Cream and Wheels of Fire in short order. Cream constituted my listening hours for months.

I discovered a great deal about the blues with “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon, “I’m So Glad” by Skip James and “Crossroads” by Robert Johnson.

Time to give Cream a deeper blues appreciation this weekend. :)

I can walk down the street, there’s no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd
I can drive down the road, my eyes don’t see
Though my mind wants to cry out loud

I Feel Free – Fresh Cream, Writer(s): Jack Bruce, Peter Constantine Brown, Pete Brown, Ben Langmaid, Copyright: Dratleaf Music Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.



White Room By Cream (1968)

Cream ruled the progressive rock FM airwaves from 1967 through 1969. Their albums were prized by psychedelic and blues rock fans alike. This supergroup formed the first rock power trio and played extensive “live” jams.

One Cream track I played often on my hi-fi system was  “White Room“. The song originally appeared on the US release of their double album Wheels of Fire in July 1968 and then was released as a single in September 1968. Wheels of Fire was the first platinum-selling double album. Jack Bruce wrote the song along with poet Pete Brown.

I especially love Eric Clapton’s wah-wah pedal on this track along with the kick of  Ginger Baker slamming those skins in animated fashion while seated behind the drum kit.

Sunshine of Your Love – Daily Post 2011 #5

Sunshine of your love
Image via Wikipedia

This post is about the song Sunshine of Your Love performed by three legendary guitarists.

Cream in 1968 had their first hit with the song “Sunshine of Your Love”. It was Cream’s only gold-selling single in the United States. It was written by Jack Bruce, lyricist Pete Brown, and Eric Clapton. What I find interesting is how the song relates to Jimi Hendrix. Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton attended a Jimi Hendrix concert at the Saville Theatre in London prior to the invention of the main riff of “Sunshine of Your Love”, which Jack Bruce created after the concert. The riff can be directly attributed to Hendrix’s style of playing, echoing in Jack Bruce’s head.

Pete Brown wrote the lyrics in that same all night session with Bruce. Clapton later added the bridge and Ginger Baker, the syncopation of African drums.

altJimi Hendrix recorded “Sunshine of Your Love” on February 16, 1969 at Olympic Studios in London. It appears on the 2010 Valleys of Neptune as a previously unreleased studio recording. The Hendrix track is an instrumental featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience nucleus (Jimi Hendrix, Guitar, Noel Redding, Bass and Mitch Mitchell, Drums) plus Rocki Dzidzornu on percussion.

Valleys of Neptune

Carlos Santana recorded “Sunshine of Your Love” with Rob Thomas on vocal and Santana band backing them up on his CD Guitar Heaven. I have seen Santana perform “Sunshine of Your Love” twice live with Andy Vargas very ably handling lead vocal.